Sox Withstand Cardinal Rally in Ninth, but Barely

June 17

Wacha pitches for the Sox against Wainwright in the opener against St. Louis, Wacha’s former team. Wacha lost the deciding game of the 2013 World Series here at Fenway, while Wainwright lost Game One to the Red Sox here. There are many people in the audience who flew in from St. Louis to watch the series at Fenway. Duran leads off the bottom of the first with a triple off the center-field wall. Devers is hit to put runners at the corners, and Duran scores to make it 1-0 Boston as Martinez grounds into a double play. The lead only lasts until Arenado leads off the top of the second with a Monster shot, tying the game at 1-1 with his twelfth of the year. In the bottom of the fourth, a runner is at first with nobody out for Bogaerts, who doubles to the alley in right to put two men in scoring position. With one out, Story singles to right to score Martinez and Bogaerts and make it 3-1. Cordero leads off the bottom of the seventh with a double off the Monster. He moves to third on a groundout, which is Wainwright’s last out. Cordero scores two pitches later on a single to center by Jackie Bradley Junior to make it 4-1. Dalbec then doubles to center to put two men in scoring position as the Red Sox look to put this game away. Devers singles down the left-field line to score Bradley and Dalbec as Boston pulls away at 6-1. 6-1 was the final score of Game 6 of the 2013 World Series in which the Red Sox clinched their first title at Fenway since 1918. Now there’s a pitching change. There are two on with two out later in the inning, but a strikeout ends the threat.

Hudson hits a two-out double to the alley in left-center in the ninth. He scores on a Bader triple to right-center to make it 6-2. A hit batter puts two on and forces a pitching change. Edman follows that up with a double to the left-field corner to score a man to make it 6-3, put two men in scoring position, and bring the (dare I say it?) tying run to the plate. A double scores two more and makes it 6-5. Boston immediately challenges, but the call stands. The go-ahead run strikes out as the Red Sox hold on by their fingernails for a 6-5 win.